Arthur Chambers was born in Salford in 1847 after serving in the Queen’s Royal Navy. Chambers won recognition as the light-weight champion of America after his 1872 fight against Billy Edwards in Canada. The pair engaged in a bitter battle with Chambers winning on a foul in the 26th round.
Chambers rested for two years in 1877 after one of his fingers on his left hand was amputated. He returned to participate in just one more bout and many consider it to be the greatest lightweight bout in history. He met American Johnny Clark on March 27, 1879 in Chippewa Falls, Canada and the bout lasted 136 rounds! Chambers won by knockout. This fight established a record for the longest ever bout between international opponents.
In retirement, Chambers was a financial backer of heavyweight champ John L. Sullivan.
Chambers also operated a saloon and a famous boxing gym in Philadelphia and one of Sullivan’s early bouts took place inside of Chambers saloon when Chambers was selected by Sullivan to act as an “umpire” in his famous bout with Paddy Ryan
Born: Dec. 3, 1847
Died: May 25, 1925
Induction into hall of fame: 2000